@winslo2004 - It's not just the civil docket. You can search criminal histories in most states now, too. I used to do it on all of my students when I taught adult vocational classes. It's unbelievable who is in the same room with you sometimes.
Actually, even though I used the tool I find it kind of eerie that there is so much info floating around on everybody. Makes you wonder whether they should rein some of it in at some point.